Are you magnesium deficient?
How to tell if you’re lacking, and where to find this vital mineral. By Karen Fittall.
Not only does every organ in your body need magnesium to function properly, it plays a role in energy production, maintaining strong teeth and bones, and healthy muscle function. Magnesium also helps regulate levels of other important nutrients like calcium, zinc and vitamin D. As a result, keeping your levels topped up can help give you more energy and protect against osteoporosis, diabetes and dementia. Adequate magnesium levels have even been linked to better exercise-related strength gains. But statistics show that about 30 per cent of Australian women aged between 31 and 70 have inadequate magnesium intakes. Plus, even if your diet does contain plenty of magnesium, other factors can bump up your risk of deficiency. These include drinking too much coffee, eating too much salt, heavy menstrual periods and experiencing prolonged periods of stress.